The average bill of a foreign patient who is treated in Ukrainian clinics, is $2,000-2,500, not taking into account transport and accommodation costs, the Ukrainian Association of Medical Tourism (UAMT) said at a roundtable devoted to medical tourism in Ukraine, the situation with it and its prospects held in Kyiv last week.
According to UAMT, currently in Ukraine, about 120 clinics in different regions of Ukraine receive foreign patients.
According to UAMT Head Violetta Yanyshevska, the most attractive for foreign patients in Ukraine are plastic surgery, dentistry, sanatorium-resort treatment, reproductive technologies, rehabilitation, treatment of ophthalmologic diseases, heart surgery and cell therapy. She said that the leaders in receiving foreign patients in Ukraine are reproductive clinics. At the same time, Yanyshevska said that in matters of medical tourism, “this is not about competition between clinics, but about competition between countries.”
The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development is ready to provide Ukraine with a loan for investment projects in the field of cancer treatment, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health said on its official website. According to its data, the issues of cooperation were discussed at the fourth meeting of the Ukrainian-Kuwaiti intergovernmental commission on economic, technical and trade cooperation. “In particular, the parties discussed investment projects for cancer treatment and bone marrow transplantation. It’s not a secret to anyone that these issues are the most painful for our healthcare system. For example, this year about UAH 580 million has been spent on the Treatment Abroad program from the national budget. That is why we need investment projects that would develop transplantation in Ukraine,” Deputy Health Minister Pavlo Kovtoniuk said.
During the meeting, Health Minister of Kuwait Basel Hamoud Al-Sabah and Kovtoniuk discussed the progress of healthcare reforms in Ukraine.
“The Kuwaiti side is very interested in the changes we are introducing, because in the near future we plan to significantly reform the financing system of this industry. The Deputy Health Minister of Kuwait noted that the system should be as effective as possible regardless of how much money the country allocates for medicine. That is why he considers primary development to be the priority and is interested in our experience,” Kovtoniuk said.
The Social Insurance Fund of Ukraine in H1 2018 sent 16,500 insured persons for rehabilitation treatment, which is 34% more than a year ago. The press service of the fund reported that the figure was made possible thanks to the introduction of the targeted medical rehabilitation mechanism from January 1, 2018. The fund said that since early 2018, the fund covers all working Ukrainians with targeted rehabilitation treatment, which is financed using the money of the fund. At present, 51 health and spa establishments joined the program providing rehabilitation treating using the fund’s money.
Currently the fund is taking care of over 12 million people.
As reported, since January 1, 2018, the number of health institutions sending patients to rehabilitation using the fund’s money almost tripled. Before January 1, 2018, a total of 456 institutions had agreements signed with the fund.
There are around 1,600 health establishments in Ukraine today.